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2002 Nissan Maxima - GLE (A4)
Pros: Xenon HID lights
Cons: there was nothing that I did not like
Advice: test drive one and see for yourselfI test drove the new 2002 Maxima GLE and I decided to buy it. The 3.5 L engine is very powerful. Car handle nice and the brake well. Purchased it fully loaded for less than $30,000. The styling of this car make it stand out. I really like the Xenon HID lights that light up the night. The car is quite rommy but being a tall driver, I could use more leg room. I have always owned domestic vehicles and the build quality of Nissan's is execellant!!!! The car exceeded my expectations...
2002 Toyota Sequoia - SR5 4x4
Pros: Remote access to back window which goes up/down
Cons: big blind spot behind second row passenger side
Advice: you don't need the 'Limited' package. We have almost every feature but paid about 5k less.Love this SUV. Although it is large, it drives like a car. Handles well...doesn't feel like a big vehicle. Very comfortable. It doesn't fit in our garage but looks great in our driveway. Perfect size for our growing family. Very child seat friendly.
2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LS 4x4
Cons: no room
Advice: Look before you leap!After test-driving this SUV I came back to the problems that I had when I owned a Blazer. If the back seat is folded down and I sit in the drivers seat, I am unable to move the driver’s seat back so I can sit with proper line of site of the road. I wish they would give six more inches between the rear seat folded down and the front. Also I noticed again that their is some type of equipment 'box' located above the passengers feet, should this SUV for the great outdoors not allow people with boats on to sit in the front without hitting the 'box'. I also found that the rear latch handle seems to be weak. We have decided to move on to a different SUV. Sorry, I thought the new design would catch these problem areas.
2002 Chevrolet Impala - LS
Pros: sporty appearance and On-Star
Cons: Some shifting slip in the overdrive between 50 & 60 mph when trying to hold at 55 mph
Advice: Encourage dealers to extend the 0% financing. Keep the industry manufacturing for at least 6 months to a year.Easy to handle, sporty feeling, excellent acceleration, comfortable seating for passengers in front and rear.
2002 Isuzu Axiom - Base 4x4
Pros: Tie: Looks-Styling & Intelligent Susp Control
Cons: Getting use to sports-car like seating
Advice: Skip Gap insurance & $18/mo for 10K/120K, tried to get extra 6 mo of pmtI was looking for mid-$20K med-size SUV,-V6 only. 2 stood out from the pack-Jeep Liberty & Isuzu Axiom(although the Axiom as $29010), but there are not many that meet this description. Grand Cherokee was an expensive option but wasn't work the extra $ compared to the other 2. A last minute(before buying the Liberty) sale at Isuzu dropped the price by $2500 to the same price as the Liberty($27.4K). With Isuzu 3.9% financing the Axiom was $50/mo less-I bought it. It didn't have leather like the Jeep I wanted but the styling, drive(Intelligent Suspension Control=ISC), electronic display screen, digital temp control, hauling capacity, horse power & warranty(10y/120K Pwr Train) won me over. Also the 6-CD cartrige is in the center counsel rather than in the back. 1 week of city driving and 1050 interstate miles(1 trip) later: 18.6m/gal hwy, ISC is great: Sport Mode=other SUVs; Comfort Mode=sedan ride, cruise control stopped working, the display screen is great: audio, temp, fan, travel computer, time/date, outside temp. Definitely drive/price it before buying anything between $25K-$32K.
2002 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)
Pros: The Vehicles design and power.
Cons: There is nothing you really dislike, but as I stated above, I do miss the accoustic base in the stereo.
Advice: Awesome, awesome, awesome. If you can spare a little bit more in your budget, this is a must get car!While my last four vehicles have been either Honda or Acura from my 93 Prelude Si, 94 Integra, 97 Prelude and now my 2002 RSX-S, I never thought I could be more pleased. But again, were talking Honda. This RSX-S has to be the best affordable sports car on the market. The power with which it is equipped with is a huge improvement over my 97 Prelude. I cannot get over the low end and high end power and accelaration. Getting used to a 6 speed is a little different for those 5 gear folks like myself but, now I wouldn't trade it for the world. The ride is extremely smooth, the controls are big and right at finger tips. The in-dash 6 CD changer and the Bose stereo system have terrific sound, although I do miss the big bass Accoustic sound my 97 Prelude had but, the system is still very clear and has good bass with the subwoofer surrouned by the spare tire. The seats are very comfortable leather with plenty of leg room (front and back). The look of the car is a very sharp, fast and impressive style, especially if you get the underbody spoiler kit for an additional $2000, but well worth it. Trunk space is huge and there is a cover to hide your goodies when at a store. The four year/50,000 mile warranty is another perk of Acura. This is an all around great luxury/sports car for those of us not yet able to purchase a Porshe.
2002 Honda Accord - 3.0 EX w/Leather (A4) Sedan
Pros: sun roof
Cons: nothing really. I love it
Advice: own it for a long time, it'll pay off in the long run.Smooth and quiet. Bought at Honda World in Orange County, excellent price. We got the full, tricked out model with mud flaps, spoiler, wheel locks, etc. It still cost less than the MSRP base model.